Evening Telegraph

New plans to develop crumbling old primary school into local housing

An artist’s impression of the redevelopment of the old Seaview Primary School.

Fresh plans to transform a dilapidated former primary school into new housing have been submitted after designers scaled back the proposals on the advice of planning chiefs.

Dundee firm GI Residential had originally submitted plans to create 31 new homes on the site of the old Seaview Primary School in Monifieth, before withdrawing the application following discussions with Angus Council.

Council planning officers had warned the company that the proposed three-storey newbuilds around the old school building were too high, and threatened to overshadow the category B-listed structure.

The dilapidated old building.

Now GI Residential has resubmitted its application with proposals to build just 27 homes – seven of them inside the former school building – and scale down the size of the newbuilds.

In its revised planning statement, the company said: “Following several meetings with Angus Council and following concerns raised about the initial proposal the design has been revised to address these proposals.

“The utmost priority of the development has been working towards saving the existing listed building which is in a very poor state of disrepair and continues to deteriorate.

“The applicant has undertaken rigorous and detailed development costs and the reduction in numbers represents the minimum level of reduction for the viability of the project.

“The reductions have been made working with the planning department and the further reductions will go significantly in addressing the previous concerns.

An artist’s impression of the redevelopment of the old Seaview Primary School.

“The current revised application represents a chance for a failing listed building to be saved.

“The proposed solution discussed with the planning department is to reduce the blocks down to two storeys to allow the existing listed building to dominate the skyline, and to create three blocks designed around ‘courtyards’ – placing one of the blocks further south.”

Under the new plans, the old school will be converted into seven units. The new blocks A and B will still be two storeys but sit lower than the eaves of the school building, containing a combined 16 housing units.

Block C will have four two-bed apartments set over two storeys.

There will be a total of 54 car parking spaces.